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Wonderboy Paperback – 18 Jul 2005

4.1 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New edition edition (18 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340829079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340829073
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.7 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 832,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Fiona Gibson:

'Fans of rueful social comedy will chortle over the escapades of Rue, who heads to the country with her husband, Marcus, and their son, Tod, in search of a more laid-back lifestyle . . . witty exposé of the perils and pitfalls of relocation.' Elle on WONDERBOY

'Touching' Heat on WONDERBOY

'Comforting reading for harassed commuters considering downsizing' Marie Claire on WONDERBOY

'A funny, warm, compelling and wonderfully observed novel, hilarious to singletons and mothers alike' MARIE CLAIRE

'Babyface is enthralling. Gibson's original voice is at once comic and accurate' ADELE PARKS

'A fantastic debut. More than funny, it's true' LOUISE BAGSHAWE

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From the author of Babyface: 'Enthralling. Gibson's original voice is at once comic and accurate' Adele Parks

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By A Customer on 17 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
Fiona Gibson's writing is so immediate and accessible it feels a bit like listening to a particularly witty and well-loved friend. In Wonderboy, the narrator is thirty-something Ro, whose property-agent husband Marcus persuades her to give up her job in a London film archive and move to a best-kept village in the commuter belt, supposedly so that their six-year-old son, Tod, will be happier and unbothered by classroom bullies. But like Tod, Ro is a misfit, and she resents suddenly being flung into the role of "boss of renovations" for their musty country home. Ro's uncertain attitude to her nosy neighbours and the demands of village life (smart borders, and the ability to run up a fancy dress costume at short notice) makes her a very real character; self-doubting, at times self-deprecating, and unsure how to confront her husband who is spending more time in the town than with her in the country. ("He used to get me going with heart-shaped pralines hidden under my pillow. Now he tantalises me with stern messages that read: Ro! Urgent. Call oil.") But at the heart of the book is the tender portrait of Tod, the eccentric son Ro so badly wants to protect. Gibson has a true gift for capturing the humour and pathos of parenting.
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I really enjoyed this book. Fiona Gibson draws characters beautifully and constant subtle observations make them ring so true. The boy Tod at the centre of the story, and of his mother's universe, is a touchstone to everything else that happens and his obsession with mazes is a fine metaphor for the mental mazes that Ro, his mother attempts to negotiate throughout the book. It is written with a gentle humour which balances the sadness of her deteriorating relationship with her husband and her fears for her rather odd but brilliant and touching little boy.
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Fiona Gibson is an excellent writer and her novels, which tend to centre around various aspects of family life are a joy to read. She continues in this vein in this novel concerning Ro, her dishy husband Marcus and their slightly odd son, Tod, who move to the country to escape their London life. This book doesn't dwell too much on the cliches of town vs country life, but weaves the various aspects in rather neat way.

Tod's love of mazes and labyrinths serves as a metaphor for Ro's feeling of unease throughout the book and if we dig a little deeper, it's clear that she's depressed, although she manages to hide it under a layer of self-deprecating wit. Overall, an excellent book and extremely readable and recommended to parents and non-parents alike.
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By A Customer on 16 Nov. 2004
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Even better than her first book, 'Babyface', Wonderboy sees Fiona really find her writing style. Her observation of characters and how they behave is pin-sharp and often hugely funny, yet her style still manages to be slightly wistful and melancholy. Anyone with children will wince with recognition at some of the situations, but that doesn't mean it's a parents-only book - if you've read any of Fiona's work in the numerous magazines she's written for you'll be thrilled to be able to get a bigger dose of her characteristic wit, and if you haven't, it's time you caught up!
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Really enjoyed this book, as I have with all Fiona Gibson books, her characters are so warm and real and honest, you laugh at scenes because you have been there yourself! The only thing I didn't like was that it ended to soon! You actually feel like you have lost a good friend when the book is over. Fiona really does have a fantastic gift for seeing the humour in every day life, she doesn't need to create complicated plot lines and drama, her stories are like curling up with your best friend and a glass of wine on a rare child free night where you laugh about the things that made you cringe or cry during the week, more New books please Fiona!!
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I think Fiona Gibson is an excellent writer and have thoroughly enjoyed many of her books. I liked this one too, but, having said that, l didn't think it was quite as good as the others. l thought the child (Wonderboy) was a lovely little character (although he would drive any mum to distraction), but l never quite got to grips with the other principle characters, i.e the boys father and Joe, the neighbour; then l found the ending disappointing and quite abrupt - in fact l felt the outcome was pretty much left to the readers imagination.
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